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Live Scan Fingerprinting

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Certified by: The Dept. of Justice & FBI

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Live Scan & Ink Fingerprinting

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Background Checks

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Ink Fingerprinting

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Fingerprinting Services

For your convenience, we offer both Mobile Fingerprinting Services and Walk-In Fingerprinting Appointments.Our Mobile Fingerprinting Services are made by Appointment and are Available 24 hours a Day, 7 days a Week. Our fingerprinting process usually only take 3-4 minutes per person.

Mobile Fingerprinting Services

Federal Fingerprinting is based out of the Southern California but we will consider travel for fingerprinting throughout the U.S. We are the premier Fingerprinting Company for Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernardino and All of Southern California.

Our Walk-In Service is located at: 80. W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 (Inside the Mailbox and Postal Store). Our Cross Streets are: Sierra Madre Blvd. and Baldwin Ave.

Walk In Fingerprinting Location


  • MUST have a Valid Government Issued ID (Examples: Drivers License, State ID, Passport, etc.
  • MUST bring a Request for Live Scan Form that is filled out and completed.
  • Accepted Payment Types: Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Orders and Company Checks. We accept Credit Cards and Monthly Billing but ONLY for Reoccurring Company Accounts (Please Call to Setup).
  • Schedule Appointment Now

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Live Scan Fingerprinting

Fingerprint Scanner

Federal Fingerprinting uses the latest technology to assure you fast, accurate and good fingerprints. Live Scan fingerprinting is used about 95% of the time for all fingerprinting purposes in California. Our Live Scan fingerprinting systems obtain the best results for all your fingerprinting needs. Live Scan fingerprinting also known as digital fingerprinting is superior compared to the regular fingerprint Ink Cards and Live Scan fingerprinting results usually come back about 5 times faster than ink fingerprint cards and can be sent off the same day. However in some cases Ink Fingerprints are required, please see below for more information or you may also call us.

Please call us at 888-417-0203 for more information orSchedule Appointment Now

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Fingerprint Card – Ink Card Fingerprinting

Fingerprint Card Ink Card

Federal Fingerprinting also offers Ink Card Fingerprinting also known as Fingerprint Cards or Ink Cards. Fingerprint Cards or Ink Cards (FD-258) are generally used when an applicant is applying for a job, license or permit outside of the state that they currently live in such as California. However sometimes Fingerprint Cards/ Ink Cards are used for Federal Background Checks or in some cases when a Live Scan fingerprint will not go through the normal process you can sometimes use a Fingerprint Card/ Ink Card instead. Fingerprint Cards/ Ink Cards generally take 1 to 2 Months to be processed and come back with results, compared to Live Scan fingerprinting which usually only takes a few days or so.

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Background Checks/

Pre-Employment Screening


People are your most important asset. They directly contribute to the success or failure of your organization.  Doesn’t it make sense to know as much as you can about them before you hire them?  Consider the following statistics gathered from government and private sources:

  • 45% of resumes contain false or exaggerated information
  • 33% of job applicants falsify employment applications
  • 60% of colleges regularly experience attempts to falsify credentials

Click Here For More On BackGround Checks Information

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Drug Testing / Screening Panels

Federal Fingerprinting / ESS has teamed with the nations’ largest laboratories to offer you a wide range of options for your drug screening needs. We have a vast network of collection sites available to make it convenient for your applicants and/ or employees to take their test.



  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates
  • Phenyclidine (PCP)


  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates
  • Phenyclidine (PCP)
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methadone
  • Propoxyphene
  • Methaqualone

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F.A.Q’s – Frequently Asked Questions – About Live Scan

Fingerprinting Questions



Here is basic information for individuals needing to submit fingerprints to the DOJ for background checks.

Step One (1) – Get the forms

If you are applying for employment, license, certificate or permit with an applicant agency requiring a background check, you must get the instructions and the forms required for fingerprinting services from that agency. The agency will complete its information to ensure accuracy. You will need to add your personal information to the form before getting fingerprinted.

Step Two (2) – Get fingerprinted

Once you have obtained the necessary forms from the applicant agency, go to a local Live Scan site to be fingerprinted.

Please note: You must present valid photo identification when being fingerprinted. Expired identification information will not be accepted.

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There also is a criminal history processing fee collected by the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the background checks. While often paid by the requesting agency, some applicants may be required to pay this fee themselves, so check with your requesting applicant agency. While the law requires applicant fingerprints to be captured and submitted electronically via Live Scan, DOJ does have limited statutory authority to issue an exemption to this mandate if an electronic transmission site is regionally unavailable or internal processing procedures dictate a need.

Step Three (3) – Wait for the results

Once the submission is received and processed, the DOJ will respond to the applicant agency either electronically or via U.S. mail.


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While most of the time results are returned to the applicant agency within three days, delays can occur. Applicants should check, for the first seven days, with the applicant agency that requested the background review since the DOJ sends results directly to the applicant agency. Delays can be caused by poor fingerprint quality, the existence of any criminal information in the applicant’s record, birth dates before 1920, and incorrect data submitted on the electronic transaction. You can help prevent delays by making sure the Live Scan operator has entered ALL the information on your Live Scan form and entered it CORRECTLY.

A fingerprint-rolling fee may be collected when you get your fingerprints taken. Since this fee varies widely among locations, you will want to review the cost before going to a fingerprinting site. Be sure to check for any restrictions on method of payment, such as cash or money order only.

What is Live Scan fingerprinting?

Live Scan fingerprinting is a technology which allows us to capture your fingerprints electronically. After your fingerprints have been digitally captured they are then transmitted to the Department of Justice and/or FBI or other authorized receiving agencies. The true identity of individuals can only be established through the submission of their fingerprints.

Why Live Scan and not ink?

Most of the U.S. states are now requiring you to have your fingerprints taken using Live Scan. This new Live Scan technology allows us to replace the old manual ink method. With the electronic transfer of fingerprints it only takes seconds to transmit, instead of the days sending it with conventional US mail. The DOJ should receive your fingerprint submissions anywhere from a few hours up to 72 hours.

What you’ll need for Live Scan services…

You will need to bring your “Request For Live Scan Service” application, also known as a BCII 8016 form. You will need to complete numbers 1-6 on the top half of this as accurately and completely as possible.(Click here to download BCII 8016 “Request For Live Scan Service” form).In addition to the completed form, you will also need the following: ORI Code, Type of Application, Job Title or Type of License, Certification or Permit, Agency Address, Contributing Agency, Mail Code, Billing Number (Only if they are paying for your background check), OCA (Your Number) If applicable. IMPORTANT! You must also have or bring a Government Issued I.D. Examples: Drivers License, State Issued ID Card, Passport ID, Alien Residence Card, Military ID, Out-of-State ID Card or Drives License, etc. Your ID MUST BE VALID (it can not be expired)!

What is a ” Rolling Fee ”?

A rolling fee is the amount an agency charges to digitally capture your fingerprints and transmit them to the Department of Justice and/or FBI or other requesting agencies. This fee varies from agency to agency.

If I’ve already had my Live Scan fingerprints taken, do I need to be fingerprinted again?

Yes. By law (and in accordance with your right to privacy) organizations and/or companies may not share applicant background information. In some cases, however, teachers and school districts may share this info. Please check with your local school and district to see if this applies to you.

My fingerprints were rejected. What do I do now? Will I have to pay again?

Fingerprints can be rejected for several reasons. The most common reason is that the applicant’s fingerprints were too hard to read and subsequently were rejected. Reasons why they may have been rejected are: cracks, scars, cuts, bandages, worn down ridges, calluses or sweaty hands. If an applicant’s fingerprints are rejected due to any of these reasons, the originating Live Scan agency must re-take the applicant’s fingerprints at no additional cost if for any other reasons below. Other reasons why your fingerprint submissions may have been rejected:1) Your “Request For Live Scan Service” application was filled out incorrectly or was incomplete. When this happens the Live Scan agency must re-collect rolling fees and state charges.2) This rarely ever happens but if your fingerprints are rejected by DOJ and/or FBI (or other requesting agencies) due to any of the errors listed above, the Live Scan agency will take your fingerprints at no additional cost.If your fingerprints are rejected and you are having them re-taken you must bring your rejection letter from the Dept. of Justice and your original ATI (Applicant Transmission Identifier) number.

Check your Fingerprint Status  with the 24-hour Automated Telephone Service: (916) 227-4557

If your requesting agency does not have results yet and the digital Live Scan fingerprints were submitted, you can use the automated telephone system to check on your submission. You will need the following information: (1) your date of birth; and (2) the 10-digit Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number that appears at the bottom of the Department of Justice form requesting Live Scan fingerprint background checks. The ATI number always appears in the following sequence: 1 LETTER; 3 NUMBERS; 3 LETTERS and 3 NUMBERS.